How to Respond to a Rejection Letter — A Handy Flowchart

Have you ever received a rejection letter — from a magazine, editor, agent, or publisher  — that you were just sure you need to reply to? Have you gotten a rejection and wondered, Hmmm…. how should I respond to this? If so, this handy flowchart will tell you exactly what to do! You can click on[…]

Recent Work: Children’s Book

I edited a children’s book a few months ago. It was probably exactly what you’re picturing: less than 1000 words, and meant to be heavily illustrated. I did a two-part developmental package for this client — we worked together to review and revise his overall plot and characterization, and when he was satisfied, I did[…]

750,000 words edited in 2016 (so far…)

In the first half of 2016, I completed edits on: a children’s book a non-fiction psychology text academic papers comic book scripts short stories (genre fiction and literary) novellas novels and more! All together, I edited more than 750,000 words between January 1 and the end of June. When you consider that I was off work[…]

Sample Edit: Simple Line Edit vs Heavy Line Edit

In addition to developmental editing and many other services, I currently offer two levels of line editing (also called copyediting or CE). Copy (line) editing, light includes correcting spelling, grammar, punctuation, syntax, and word usage; checking for or imposing a consistent style and format. Copy (line) editing, heavy includes correcting spelling, grammar, punctuation, syntax, and[…]

New: Lower Prices and More Services!

Updated July 25, 2016 I’m constantly reviewing the freelance editing market, comparing fees and services in order to stay within “professional rates” while also staying competitive. On one hand, I want to be paid appropriately for my decades of experience, and range (not many folks have worked in news, academic editing, and commercial fiction – including[…]

A Note about 1099s

Per the IRS, payments to independent contractors (such as freelancers) made via third party systems, such as PayPal, credit card, debit card, or gift card, are not subject to the 1099-MISC rules. Because I use PayPal to process payments, our transactions do not require you to submit a 1099-MISC to me for tax purposes, even if you[…]

New service: FREE online archiving of your project

As much as I adore the speed and ease of communication that the internet provides us, it isn’t perfect. Emails get lost, accidentally deleted, or misfiled. Clients can download files but lose track of where they’re stored. They may want to re-review an older copy of their project, which they didn’t save. Regardless of how it[…]

Editing Tips #5: Should You Trigger Warning Your Editor?

trig·ger warn·ing noun a statement at the start of a piece of writing, video, etc., alerting the reader or viewer to the fact that it contains potentially distressing material (often used to introduce a description of such content). We’ve seen a lot of discussion over the use of trigger warnings for a reader or viewer,[…]